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Professional Development for Graduate Students



Ohio University offers many different professional development opportunities and resources for graduate students.

Click on the following categories to explore all options. For questions, contact the Graduate College by emailing graduate@ohio.edu.

Orientations / Online Trainings


  • The Online Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) Module is REQUIRED for all incoming graduate students and is coordinated by the Graduate College in collaboration with its many partners.
  • The in-person Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) is coordinated by the Graduate College, is held once a year, and is recommended for all incoming Athens-based graduate students.
  • The International Student Orientation (ISO) is REQUIRED for all incoming international students and occurs before each term. ISO is coordinated by International Faculty and Scholar Services (ISSS).
  • Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation is recommended for all new Teaching Assistants, is coordinated by the Graduate College, and occurs annually before fall term begins.
  • Program/Department/College Orientation - Please consult with your program/department/college about upcoming orientation activities.

Hazing Prevention Training
(Online Training)

All graduate students must complete this training. This course introduces the concept of hazing, why it is illegal, and what OHIO University students, faculty, and staff can do to stop hazing from occurring on our campuses. For more information about the training, visit the following Student Affairs web page.

Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students
(Online Training)

This online training is offered through a partnership between the Graduate College and the Campus Involvement Center. Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students includes Title IX and Clery Act training which equips graduate students with the tools needed to navigate new and complex relationships including how to identify and respond to harassment from a faculty member or advisor, other workplace-based harassment, how to respectfully engage with undergraduate students, and how to respond to student disclosures.

Target Audience: All graduate and professional students

Structure: This training is offered in a two-part format. Part one takes approximately 45 minutes. Part two includes a survey and requires 5-10 minutes (ideally after a 30-day intersession).

Requirements for training completion: You will need a computer with access to the internet and audio capabilities. You will use your entire OHIO ID (e.g., ab000000@ohio.edu).  and password to create your account.

Access the online training

Policy and Resources

Teaching Assistant (TA) / Future Faculty Workshops


Ohio University Campus in the Spring

The Graduate College offers workshops for those graduate students who are Teaching Assistants (TAs) or aspire to be faculty members. Workshops include online modules, in-person workshops, studio sessions, coffee hour discussions, and faculty development & diversity workshops. In addition, useful TA resources are listed near the bottom of this section.

Online Modules

  • Your Teaching Philosophy Statement
    Objective: You will learn what a teaching philosophy statement (TPS) is, and be prepared to develop your own. 
  • Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching
    Objective: You will be able to analyze and adapt a variety of learning scenarios to encourage and promote student learning.
  • Learning Taxonomies
    Objective: You will be able to use three taxonomies of learning that will help you think about your goals, plan your teaching and learning activities, and scaffold your students' learning towards these goals.
  • Understanding by Design
    Objective: You will be able to identify the six facets of understanding.
  • Designing Goals, Objectives, & Learning Outcomes
    Objective: You will be able to write goals and student learning outcomes for your course.
    • Introduction to Backward Design
    • Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
  • Assessment of Student Learning
    Objective: You will be able to select aligned assessments for your course.  
    • Assessment: Stages and Strategies
    • Designing Commonly Used Assessments
    • Introducing Authentic Assessment
    • Minimizing Cheating
    • The Course Map
  • Promoting Student Engagement
    Objective: You will be able to implement and maintain a welcoming environment for your students, and select active learning activities, both of which will support your student learning outcomes.
    • Establishing a Community of Learners
    • Utilizing Active Learning Strategies
    • Using the Flipped Approach
    • Selecting Course Materials
    • Consulting & Collaborating with a Librarian
    • Course map: Aligning Learning Activities to Learning Outcomes
  • Course Review
    Objective: You will be able to review your course for quality.
  • Developing Your Syllabus
    Objective: You will demonstrate competency in developing a syllabus.
  • Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes for Couse and Program Improvement
    Objective: You will be able to use assessment data to inform course and/or programmatic development and improvement

In-Person Workshops

  • Challenging Bias and Microaggressions in the Classroom

    This workshop covers what microaggressions are, and various techniques to interrupt/respond to them, but also spends time talking about building an inclusive environment in the classroom before anything happens so that it is easier to intervene.

    More coming soon!

  • American Association of University Women's (AAUW) Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

    AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiations

    This salary negotiation workshop presents the wage gap, with a discussion of the gender wage gap and how to combat it by improving one's salary negotiation skills. Salary negotiation is analyzed through budgeting, salary benchmarking, and negotiation tips and tactics.

    Registration is free but required. 

    Sponsored by Women's Center, the Graduate College, and the Career Network.

    More coming soon!

Studio Sessions

Need dedicated time to complete these materials and discuss your progress with others? Come to one of our studio sessions! Plan to work and share with other graduate students.

  • Teaching Philosophy Statement Workshop - More coming soon!
  • Teaching Portfolio Workshop - More coming soon!

Coffee Hour Discussion Groups

Want to hear from others about what strategies and resources work well for them? Join us for coffee and discussion.

  • Student Engagement - More coming soon!
  • Student Learning - More coming soon!

Faculty Development & Diversity Workshops

As part of Ohio University’s continued effort to provide professional development opportunities to faculty, Ohio University has joined the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) as an institutional member.

The NCFDD is a nationally recognized, independent professional development, training, and mentoring community that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. 

The NCFDD provides a variety of virtual programs and resources, including:

  • Monthly NCFDD Core Curriculum webinars
  • Monthly guest expert webinars
  • Access to multi-week programs
  • Access to the NCFDD Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students
  • Access to the NCFDD 14-Day Writing Challenge
  • Access to the NCFDD member library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings

All faculty, students, and staff with OHIO email addresses are eligible to register for an individual membership account through Ohio University’s institutional membership account.

In order to register, follow these steps:

  • Go to www.FacultyDiversity.org/Join
  • Select “Ohio University” from the list of members
  • Select “Activate my Membership” 
  • Complete the registration form using your OHIO email address
  • Activate your account by verifying your registration through a confirmation/welcome email from NCFDD

When creating an account for this service, please use your OHIO email and a unique, strong password. Do not use your OHIO password. University Policy 91.004: University Credentials requires individuals to create unique passwords for campus services.

If you have technical questions about registration or access to resources, please email NCFDD at Membership@FacultyDiversity.org. In addition, if you have any questions about Ohio University’s institutional membership, please contact Vice Provost for Faculty Development Katie Hartman at hartmank@ohio.edu.

Teaching Assistant Resources

Are you a Teaching Assistant? Here are additional resources to assist you in this role. 

Technology Resources and Training 

College Gateway

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) offers online help resources or you may schedule time with OIT staff to address your questions about the following:

  • Blackboard Original,
  • Blackboard Ultra,
  • IT Security Products & Services,
  • Learning Spaces Technology,
  • Microsoft Groups,
  • Microsoft OneDrive,
  • Microsoft Teams,
  • Panopto,
  • Qualtrics,
  • RedCap,
  • VoiceThread,
  • Web CMS (Drupal),
  • Proctortrack, and
  • Top Hat.

Thesis / Dissertation-Focused Workshops

Workshops and discussions for those completing a thesis or dissertation

Many graduate students are required to complete a thesis or dissertation. Thesis and Dissertation Services offers the following workshops to assist students in preparing and filing theses and dissertations.




Completing the TAD Process


  • September 13
  • September 14


  • January 23
  • January 24

3:30 – 4:30 pm

via Teams



  • September 20
  • September 21


  • January 31
  • February 1

3:30 – 4:30 pm

via Teams

Microsoft Word


  • September 26
  • September 27


  • February 6
  • February 7

3 – 4:30 pm

via Teams



  • October 5
  • October 6


  • February 15
  • February 16

3:30– 4:30 PM

via Teams

To register, email tad@ohio.edu. 

For more information, see the Thesis and Dissertation Services Workshops web page.